Books for Grade 8

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Age
12+
Grade
7-9

Suzanne Collins

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes

Hardcover (May 19, 2020)
Ambition will fuel him.
Competition will drive him.
But power has its price.

It is the morning of the reaping that will kick off the tenth annual Hunger Games. In the Capitol, eighteen-year-old Coriolanus Snow is preparing for his one shot at glory as a mentor in the Games. The once-mighty house of Snow has fallen on hard times, its fate hanging on the slender chance that Coriolanus will be able to outcharm, outwit, and outmaneuver his fellow students to … More
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Age
10-14
Grade
5-9

Kelly Barnhill

The Girl Who Drank the Moon

Paperback (April 30, 2019) , Reprint Edition
Winner of the 2017 Newbery Medal
The New York Times Bestseller

An Entertainment Weekly Best Middle Grade Book of 2016
A New York Public Library Best Book of 2016
A Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2016
An Amazon Top 20 Best Book of 2016
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2016
A School Library Journal Best Book of 2016
Named to KirkusReviews’ Best Books of 2016
2017 Booklist Youth Editors’ Choice


Every year, the people of the … More
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Age
5-10
Grade
3-4

Christina Schul

Awesome Engineering Activities for Kids: 50+ Exciting STEAM Projects to Design and Build

Paperback (May 28, 2019)

Spark creativity and build critical-thinking skills with 50+ fun activities about engineering for kids ages 5-10

Watch your child’s eyes light up as they get excited about engineering, learn valuable knowledge, and have tons of fun. Awesome Engineering Activities for Kids is packed with more than 50 fascinating STEAM exercises, complete with step-by-step instructions, colorful pictures, and simple explanations of how and why the experiments work.

Make engineering for kids easy and enjoyable with projects that use common, inexpensive household …

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Guinness World Records

Guinness World Records 2020

Hardcover (Sept. 3, 2019)

Fully revised and updated, the record-breaking compendium of superlatives is back and bursting with facts, figures and incredible stories – each one selected to inspire you to learn about the fascinating world we live in… and to break records of your own.

In a series of 11 fact-packed chapters, we introduce you to the record-holders who’ve pushed the boundaries of what’s possible. Meet…

• The adventurers who trek, swim, ski, climb and fly to all four corners of the globe …

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Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeremy McCarter

Hamilton: The Revolution

Hardcover (April 12, 2016) , First Edition edition
A backstage pass to the groundbreaking, hit musical Hamilton, winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Eleven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, including the award-winning libretto, behind-the-scenes photos and interviews, and exclusive footnotes from composer-lyricist-star Lin-Manuel Miranda, now streaming on Disney+ with the original cast.
Lin-Manuel Miranda's groundbreaking musical Hamilton is as revolutionary as its subject, the poor kid from the Caribbean who fought the British, defended the Constitution, and helped to found the United States. Fusing … More
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Age
8-11
Grade
4-6

Merriam-Webster, Inc.

Merriam-Webster's Elementary Dictionary

Hardcover (Jan. 1, 2019) , Revised, Updated Edition

This newly revised edition, 2019 copyright, is the perfect dictionary for students in grades 3-5, ages 8-11. And can help with homeschooling and remote learning.

With 36,000 entries the dictionary covers the core vocabulary an elementary student will encounter in their reading and writing.

It offers many new words and senses from technology and life science, such as alternative energy, friend, and STEM

It can be used in Texas STAAR testing classrooms.

It gives students 250 word history paragraphs so …

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Age
8-12
Grade
3-7

Roger Price, Leonard Stern

Best of Mad Libs

Paperback (April 17, 2008)
Over the last 50 years, Price Stern Sloan has published hundreds and hundreds of Mad Libs stories. Come fill out over 125 of the funniest ones in this deluxe oversize edition. This book also includes a history of the game as told by the creator Leonard Stern (complete with pictures) and stories filled out by today’s hottest stars! It’s the super-silly way to say _________ [adjective] 50th Anniversary, Mad Libs! More
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Age
9-18
Grade
4-6

Dinah Bucholz

The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook: From Cauldron Cakes to Knickerbocker Glory--More Than 150 Magical Recipes for Wizards and Non-Wizards Alike

Hardcover (Sept. 18, 2010) , 8/19/10 edition

With this cookbook, dining a la Hogwarts is as easy as Banoffi Pie. With more than 150 easy-to-make recipes, tips, and techniques, you can indulge in spellbindingly delicious meals drawn straight from the pages of your favorite Potter stories, such as:

  • Treacle Tart, Harry's favorite dessert
  • Molly's Meat Pies, Mrs. Weasley's classic dish
  • Kreacher's French Onion Soup
  • Pumpkin Pasties, a staple on the Hogwarts Express cart

With a dash of magic and a drop of creativity, you'll conjure up the …

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J. D. Salinger

The Catcher in the Rye

Paperback (Jan. 30, 2001) , Reissue Edition
Anyone who has read J.D. Salinger's New Yorker stories--particularly A Perfect Day for Bananafish, Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut, The Laughing Man, and For Esme With Love and Squalor--will not be surprised by the fact that his first novel is full of children. The hero-narrator of The Catcher in the Rye is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield.

Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his prep … More
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Age
8+
Grade
3-6

J.K. Rowling, Jim Kay

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: The Illustrated Edition

Hardcover (Oct. 6, 2015) , Illustrated Edition
The beloved first book of the Harry Potter series, now fully illustrated by award-winning artist Jim Kay.

For the first time, J.K. Rowling's beloved Harry Potter books will be presented in lavishly illustrated full-color editions. Kate Greenaway-award-winning artist Jim Kay has created over 100 stunning illustrations, making this deluxe format a perfect gift as much for a child being introduced to the series, as for the dedicated fan.

Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring … More
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Emily Brontë

Wuthering Heights

language (June 16, 2020)
Considered lurid and shocking by mid-19th-century standards, Wuthering Heights was initially thought to be such a publishing risk that its author, Emily Brontë, was asked to pay some of the publication costs.
Wuthering Heights is a wild, passionate story of the intense and almost demonic love between Catherine Earnshaw and Heathcliff, a foundling adopted by Catherine’s father. After Mr Earnshaw’s death, Heathcliff is bullied and humiliated by Catherine’s brother Hindley and wrongly believing that his love for Catherine is not … More
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Age
9-12
Grade
4-7

Alan Gratz

Refugee

Hardcover (July 25, 2017)
A tour de force from acclaimed author Alan Gratz (Prisoner B-3087), this timely -- and timeless -- novel tells the powerful story of three different children seeking refuge.
A New York Times bestseller!
JOSEF is a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany. With the threat of concentration camps looming, he and his family board a ship bound for the other side of the world . . .
ISABEL is a Cuban girl in 1994. With riots and … More